After 84 relief appearances spanning 3 1/2 seasons, Kershner made his first career start on Tuesday when Halladay missed his scheduled outing against Seattle. Kershner went 3 2-3 innings, allowing three earned runs and six hits in Toronto’s 6-5 win.
Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca hopes for at least five innings out of Kershner this time.
“One thing we know about him is he’ll throw the ball over the plate,” Tosca said. “He’s a workhorse. He wants the ball.”
Halladay, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a shoulder injury.
Toronto will be looking to bounce back from a 4-0 loss Saturday. Tim Hudson pitched an eight-hitter to end a record-tying run of seven straight no-decisions for A’s starters.
“It was like an automatic that we would break the record,” said Hudson, who had four no-decisions in his first 11 starts, including three leads blown by the bullpen.
“It’s good to put an end to that streak. It’s nice to go out and get a decision.”
Oakland has won two of three in the series—and four of the last five overall—while handing the Blue Jays their fourth loss in 12 games.
Mark Redman, winner of just one of his last five starts, will try to give the A’s another strong outing. After giving up a season-high nine runs—five earned—in a 9-6 loss to Boston on May 26, the left-hander limited the Chicago White Sox to just one run in six innings on Tuesday. However, he didn’t get the decision in Oakland’s 6-4 win.